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    A mixed bag of site-specific performances

    October 20, 2014 by Neil de la Flor

    A mixed bag of site-specific performances
    This weekend I headed to the Design District to see a series of roving, site-specific, 30-minute performances. I didn't want to go out, but I did, and it was (more or less) worth the 10-minute drive. "Daydreaming with Jean" by Marissa Alma Nick. Photo by Neil...
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    NJTF Holocaust Theater catalog gifted to Miller Center/University of Miami

    October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    NJTF Holocaust Theater catalog gifted to Miller Center/University of Miami
    By Arnold Mittelman, National Jewish Theater Foundation Arnold Mitttelman The National Jewish Theater Foundation has designated the Miller Center at the University of Miami as the permanent home for its digital Holocaust Theater Catalog (HTC)- a website project of the NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII)....
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    Creole Cuban Choir brings a fusion of Haitian and Afro-Caribbean beats to the Ordway

    October 20, 2014 by Susannah Schouweiler

    Creole Cuban Choir brings a fusion of Haitian and Afro-Caribbean beats to the Ordway
    The Creole Choir of Cuba. Photo courtesy of the Ordway The Creole Cuban Choir is on stage at the Ordway (a Knight Arts grantee) for a one-night-only performance this week. The 10-person ensemble also goes by the moniker “the Desandann” (literally, “the descendants”), so named for...
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    "Soul of a Folk Artist" exhibit features I. Root's handmade crafts

    October 20, 2014 by Y-O Latimore

    "Soul of a Folk Artist" exhibit features I. Root's handmade crafts
    Monroe Jackson aka I. Root creating his handmade crafts. During the month of October at the SoChi Gallery, a sports collection of three-dimensional paintings created by the folk artist Monroe Jackson will be on display and for sale. As a craftsman, Monroe Jackson is better known...
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    The Gold Line streetcar: "Looking Forward/Looking Back"

    October 20, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek

    The Gold Line streetcar: "Looking Forward/Looking Back"
    "Looking Forward/Looking Back" by Nancy O'Neill at the Levine Museum. Transportation – it moves us forward toward some destination, some goal, or maybe someone. We hear this word, and we think about the future and what is ahead. Rarely do we hear this word and think...
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    City Observatory: A new forum for what matters for successful cities

    October 20, 2014 by Joe Cortright

    Joe Cortright is an economist and director of City Observatory, a virtual urban policy think tank that receives support from Knight Foundation. 

    Last week we launched City Observatory, a new data-driven platform for sharing, analyzing and discussing the success of cities. The site’s original analysis and in-depth research on cities and urban issues is designed to inform community leaders, policymakers, policy wonks and the rest of us.

    Today we released “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” a new CityReport that analyzes the choices young, educated professionals are making about where they live and how those choices are reshaping the economic development process. Future reports will address topics such as city job growth, neighborhood change, and the ways we create, use and interact with public spaces in cities.

     

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    In Memoriam: Kathy Gaubatz, tireless champion of early music

    October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    In Memoriam: Kathy Gaubatz, tireless champion of early music
    By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer Kathy Gaubatz The sudden death of Kathy Gaubatz casts a pall over the start of the 2014-2015 music season and calls for a well-deserved tribute to this genuine pioneer of the local early music scene. We mourn...
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    Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!

    October 20, 2014 by matth

    Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!
    Starting today, all you need is a cellphone to help a local artist’s dream project come to life. We just launched the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award in South Florida, where you, the public, helps decide which of six local arts organizations receives $20,000 for their idea. It’s a...
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    Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!

    October 20, 2014 by Matt Haggman

    Voting is open for the South Florida Peoples Choice Award!

    Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live - Vote now via text message on your mobile device

    Starting today, all you need is a cellphone to help a local artist’s dream project come to life. We just launched the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award in South Florida, where you, the public, helps decide which of six local arts organizations receives $20,000 for their idea.

    It’s a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. You may know some of the nominees, others are newly launched. Our goal with the People’s Choice Award is to bring attention to the small and emerging groups that make South Florida such a vibrant place to live.

    Here’s a bit on each of the nominees:

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    Knight Foundation and VP Arts Dennis Scholl secure four Suncoast Emmy nominations

    October 19, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    Knight Foundation and VP Arts Dennis Scholl secure four Suncoast Emmy nominations
    It's a big year for Knight Arts. Knight Foundation and VP/Arts Dennis Scholl have been nominated for four Suncoast Emmys. Art Loft Episode #236, a Knight-funded program created in conjunction with WPBT, was nominated for Arts/Entertainment - Program Special. Dennis Scholl produced and directed two of the three Art Loft...
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    New exhibitions at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art feature cars and parades

    October 19, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    New exhibitions at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art feature cars and parades
    By Barbara Johnson Ross, Ohr-Ohr’O’Keefe Museum of Art New exhibitions opened recently at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi. Cars on Art is on display through November 22, 2014, featuring works by four truly passionate artists who excel in two-dimensional works using cars as the theme, as well...
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    Preparing for "Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100" at Charlotte's Mint Museum

    October 18, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    Preparing for "Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100" at Charlotte's Mint Museum
    Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art, The Mint Museum To most people, September 30 marked the end of the first full week of fall. For me and my colleagues at The Mint Museum, it meant that it was one month and counting until the opening...
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    A burst of new painting from Glexis Novoa

    October 17, 2014 by Anne Tschida

    A burst of new painting from Glexis Novoa
    "Se Vende" 2014 from Glexis Novoa. Glexis Novoa is one of Miami’s more prominent and well-known artists. His black-and-white graphite constructs of a utopian metropolis gone wrong – cold, otherworldy, bereft of emotion – often site-specific to gallery and museum walls, have become part of the...
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    What Knight Foundation funding opportunities are open now?

    October 17, 2014 by Andrew Sherry

    This post has been updated. 

    Knight Foundation uses challenges to find great ideas across its program areas. In addition, a few opportunities are available year round. Here are the opportunities open now:

    • If you have a news or information idea you want to develop and test, the Knight Prototype Fund may be for you. This Media Innovation initiative provides $35,000 to turn ideas into prototypes. There are several cohorts of winners each year; the most recent winners can be seen here. The next application deadline will be in early 2015. Follow #PrototypeFund on Twitter for more.

    • If you have a new idea to make one of the 26 Knight communities more successful, the Knight Cities Challenge is an option. The current round closed Nov. 14. The challenge is a new program from Community and National Initiatives, and winners will share $5 million. The initial application is simple, and reviewers will look for innovative ideas that can help our communities attract and retain talented people, create economic opportunity, or foster a culture of civic engagement. Finalists will be announced in January 2015, and winners in the spring. The second round of the challenge will open later in 2015. #KnightCities

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    Nonprofit focuses on creating vibrant street life in San Jose, Calif.

    October 17, 2014 by Knight Foundation

    Knight Foundation recently announced $150,000 in support for the San Jose Downtown Association to improve public life in the urban core as the city experiences substantial growth.

    The San Jose Downtown Association plans to use community events and public space improvements to create a better experience for people downtown. Watch the video for more details.

    This support is one element of the foundation’s efforts to expand opportunities in San Jose, while helping to attract and retain talented people. San Jose is one of 26 Knight communities, places where Knight’s founders, brothers John S. and James L. Knight, once owned newspapers.